Chicken and Waffles - Say what? I know this is not what most people would think as a likely pair but once you try it you might just change your mind... I sure did.
I'm not going to tell you the history of of how fried chicken came from fricassee or that waffles came about from bakeries makings of communion wafers for the monasteries in the middle ages, but it would be an injustice if I didn't tell you how the pairings came about before I give you the JAC'd up version. I bet you are saying "that has the south all over it" and it does to some degree. However, it actually first appeared in the Pennsylvania Dutch communities in the 1600's when home cooks would makes piles of waffles and pulled chicken and then cover them with gravy. This dish, well a little different version, made its way to Harlem via Wells Supper Club. Wells was known as the hot spot for all the Jazz musicians for late night dinners. It saw the likes of one of my all time favorite musicians, Sammy Davis Jr. Wells took this dish from the east to the west - from Harlem to L.A. and it will forever be known as a soul food classic.
This dish has intrigued me for quite some time and I have always wanted to try it, but never could bring myself to do so until last night. Now, I am hooked. I could not believe the flavor that this combination had to offer - the crunch of the chicken, the butter-soft flavor of the waffle and the sweetness of the maple glaze was way better than I ever imagined.
I could give you a recipe for the fried chicken and the waffles, but I know most people have their favorite fried chicken recipe so I won't bother you with what I believe is by far the best fried chicken recipe in the world. And I would like to tell you I whipped up some super-duper waffle recipe, but I just used a box mix. Yeah I know, that's not much fun, but here is where I did make it all JAC'd up.
The Bayou Gold Ancho Maple Glaze took this dish from great to all JAC'd up awesomeness. Once drizzled over this dish, you will be knocking on my door and singing praises to me! Okay, maybe not standing at my door but you will sing my praises.
Bayou Gold Ancho Maple Glaze Recipe
1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
3 TBS orange juice
2 TBS JAC's Tailgaters Bayou Gold Mustard sauce
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp Ancho powder
1 tsp of brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a small pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and simmer until it has reduced and thickens a little. Drizzle over your favorite fried chicken and waffle recipe and let the praises ring.